TWO giant wind turbines as high as the London Eye could be built at Denby Dale, say residents.
And a pressure group has been formed to fight the plan.
Tests are being carried out to discover the strength of winds buffeting Pool Hill, overlooking the A635 Barnsley Road and Dry Hill Lane.
Results from those tests will be collated next March by the Danish company Alpha Wind.
Planning permission for the 400ft- high wind farm could then be sought.
The three-megawatt turbines would together power 1,500 homes and cost about £2m each to erect.
Residents objecting to the proposals are holding a public meeting on Tuesday, September 21, at St Augustine's Church, Busker Lane, Scissett.
Mike Bickerdike, 62, who lives on Clough House Lane, said: "The site is only 500 metres from my house."
The opposition group, Residents Against Wind Farms (Raw), has been set up to galvanise protests.
"Until this happened I thought the same as most people. These things are out there, they are green power and they are possibly helping to save the planet," said Mr Bickerdike.
But he said there were huge drawbacks, such as low-frequency noise, the sheer visual impact and the fact many more were needed to meet globally- agreed green energy targets.
There are about 1,000 turbines around the UK. To meet international targets, Mr Bickerdike said, 2,000 more would have to be built on land and 6,000 at sea.
Both Denby Dale turbines would be half the size of Emley TV mast.
Jens Petersen, of Alpha Wind, said the development was in its very earliest stages. "We are proposing something new and a change to the rural landscape," he said, adding: "This is a good thing for the environment in general."
Mr Petersen said wind farms made economic sense as Britain looked set to become a net importer of oil. With more use of renewable power, energy prices can be fixed.